• Here you will find information for my 7th Grade Language Arts class. 

    Click here for the syllabus. 


    Weekly Update:

    2/16/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful weekend! Here is the update for this coming week:

    Monday - No school!

    Tuesday - We will have some reading time and then complete the status of the class. I'll have them write me another letter about their independent reading book. I loved reading their reflections! We will then complete the Second Step lesson. We'll also read p. 116-123 of our book and work through the vocabulary. Homework is to read their independent reading book and study for their quiz!

    Wednesday - We will have a bit of time to review and then we'll take the quiz. When they finish the quiz, they will work through the questions for p. 116-123 and then read p. 123-134 and work through the vocabulary for that. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - We'll discuss the vocabulary and questions and then read p. 134-142. We'll work through some vocabulary and answer some questions for that section as well. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - We'll read p. 142-149 working through vocabulary and questions and then read p. 149-160 working through the vocabulary. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Let me know if you have any questions! 
    Thank you! 

     


    2/9/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! We've been having a lot of fun reading through our book, as the main character is much like many of our students and we get a lot of giggles reading her journeys and the way in which she reacts. It truly has been fun so far! I appreciate their engagement! 

    **An important note that I want to share with you - This week's readings include the loss of a character in the novel. It isn't a main character, but the story includes discussing the loss to a sudden heart attack. It also includes details on the visitation for the funeral and some of the emotions experienced by the narrator and other characters. As I know that some of the students have experienced loss in their lives, some more recent than others, I wanted to give you a heads up. I'll also let them know and they are free to skip that part of the text if it might bring up difficult emotions or make them uncomfortable.**

    Here is the update for the week:

    Monday: We will spend some time reading our independent reading books, completing the status of the class, and writing a letter about what we've read this last week (in place of Reading Partners). We will then have our Second Step lesson. We'll end class reading p. 56-68, working through the vocabulary and questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    Tuesday: We will finish up the questions from Monday (if needed) and then read p. 68-79. We'll work through the vocabulary and questions for that section. If we have time, I'd love to try the Living Picture/Tableau with them to solidify their understanding of the text. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Wednesday: We will read p. 79-86 and work through the vocabulary and questions. We will then complete a structured writing assignment in Google Classroom. Homework is to read their independent reading book and finish the writing if they do not complete it during class. 

    Thursday: We will read p. 86-97 and work through the vocabulary and questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    Friday: We will read p. 97-109 and work through the vocabulary and questions. Then we'll continue on and read p. 109-116 and complete the vocabulary and questions for that section. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Thank you!


    2/2/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will have reading time, do the status of the class for where they are in their books, and participate in Reading Partners. We will then have our Second Step Lesson. There will be a quiz Wednesday over the characters in the book, some of the vocabulary, and a few comprehension questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book and study!

    Tuesday - We will have an assembly in the morning, so we will not be having class. They do not need to bring anything. Homework is to read their independent reading book and study!

    Wednesday - We will have a quick review and then take the quiz. When they finish, they are to finish answering the questions for p. 22-38 that was read on Friday. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - We will read p. 38-47 and work through the vocabulary and questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - We will finish up the questions and then read p. 47-56. We will hopefully have time to work through the vocabulary and questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

    Thank you.


    1/26/2020

    Good afternoon, 

    I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Please note that you may receive two different messages now that the on-level and honors courses are reading different novels. Here is the update for the on-level course for this week: 

    Monday - We will have a short quiz over the skills we've practiced over the last couple of weeks. Then we'll have time to read and do an independent reading check, if time allows. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Tuesday - We will start our new novel - Absolutely Normal Chaos??. We'll take notes on characters and plot as we read p. 1-14. Then we'll work through some vocabulary words and answer some comprehension questions. All of these will be posted to Google Classroom, in case a student is absent. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Wednesday - We will have our Second Step lesson and then read some more of our text (p. 14-22). Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - Spring picture day! Pictures will be taken during my class. Then we will work through the vocabulary and questions for p. 14-22. We will then read p. 22-38. Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - We will work through the vocabulary and questions for p. 22-38. Then we'll spend time reviewing the characters and what is happening in the story. We'll have a quiz on Monday over this information. Homework will be to read their independent reading book and study the list of characters, vocabulary, and major events in the story.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

    Thank you.


    1/19/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Here are the plans for this week: 

    Monday - No School! 

    Tuesday - We will check off the rough draft, complete the revise/edit sheet, and start typing the final draft of the essay. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay process. 

    Wednesday - We will (hopefully) finish the final drafts in class. The students who get done early can read or work on other classwork. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - We will complete the Second Step lesson and then have flex time to finish the essay. The students who are done can read or work on other classwork. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - After going through this process and then having them write the essay, I'm still seeing some struggles with reading articles on the same topic that present two different ideas. We'll practice that again and then have a short quiz on it Monday of next week. I'm hoping the additional practice will help. After that activity, rather than start the new novels, we will just have time to read or I'll preview some new books I've bought. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    I have to say that I am so proud of the students. I gave them a challenging task that combined several different difficult standards into one assignment. They are persevering! I hope they know how much I appreciate their hard work! 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 


    1/12/2020

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I know the first week back can be a bit exhausting, so I got a lot of rest! I hope the students spent some time recovering as well! I'm so proud of the students and how they jumped in ready to be more organized and even more successful this semester. That made my heart happy! Here is the plan for this week: 

    Monday - we will have some time to read and then discuss their independent reading books. We'll discuss the two different essay types they have written (informative and argumentative); then they will get the official essay prompt: What is the importance of teaching the classics? In groups, they will look back over the articles and come up with some possible evidence that will support an informative essay on this topic. Official brainstorming starts tomorrow. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Tuesday - we will work on brainstorming for their essay. They can choose to use my format, or one of their own. It will be checked Wednesday by the end of class. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Wednesday - we will finish the brainstorming (checked off by the end of class). They can start their rough draft once they've been checked off. This will be due NEXT Tuesday at the beginning of class. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Thursday - I will be out for professional development. They are to work on their rough draft and show their best behavior to the substitute. I try my absolute best to never miss, so when I'm out I expect them to be their best selves. Homework is to read their independent reading book. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Friday - we will continue working on the rough draft. It is due Tuesday (1/21) at the beginning of class. Once they finish, they should work through the revise/edit checklist. The computers will be available Tuesday so they can start their final draft. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Due dates: 

    • Brainstorming: Wednesday 1/15 at the end of class
    • Rough Draft: Tuesday 1/21 at the beginning of class
    • Final Draft: Wednesday 1/22 at the end of class

    Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you!


    1/5/2020

    Happy New Year! 

    I hope you all had a wonderful break. Here is the update for the coming week:

    Monday - No school for students. 

    Tuesday - We will have time to read and then we will have an activity related to independent reading. We will also discuss the notebooks and general organization. We will also discuss class jobs. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Wednesday - We are going to have a little fun (I hope)! Because of winning the CEF grant, I purchased some games to help with vocabulary and writing. I thought this would be the perfect day to try some of them out! The students will play the games and do some writing. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Thursday - We will dig in and do a little bit of reading and research for the Quarter 3 essay. On the exam, I noticed a few weak spots with a few standards, so we will take a look at those by reading a few informational texts. Those led to an essay prompt, so I thought we would go ahead and do the essay first. That will give us time to then enjoy the novels for Quarter 3. (More info about them in the coming weeks). Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Friday - We will read 2 additional articles that will help us with those standards and with gathering information for the essay prompt. The essay will be an informative essay on the importance of teaching the classics. Depending upon how timing of our novels goes, we might also write an argumentative on the topic toward the end of the quarter. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    So you are aware of deadlines: 

    January 9-10 - reading and gathering information

    January 13-15 - brainstorming and begin rough draft

    January 16-17 - rough draft and revise/edit

    January 21-22 - work on the final draft (typed)

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

    Thank you!

     


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